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Liberal Arts, History (AA)

Liberal Arts, History (AA)

History teaches you to evaluate issues and societies from a chronological perspective.

Program Highlights

In the history concentration, you will:

  • Develop competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content presented in Western civilization and US history courses.
  • Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to their audience and purpose.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner.

Overall Requirements

To graduate with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with a History concentration, you will need to:

  • Earn at least 62 credit hours
  • Complete the Gen Ed Core
  • Complete the Arrupe Mission Core
  • Complete these courses:
    • ACHIS 201 US History to 1865
    • ACHIS 202 US History since 1865
    • ACMAT 100 Fundamentals of Math

What Can I Do With an Associate's Degree in History?

Studying the Liberal Arts gives you versatile preparation for careers in a changing world. If you want to pursue a bachelor's in history, then studying history at Arrupe is an ideal way to prepare. History majors are attractive job candidates in sectors that value research skills and critical thinking. History can lead to jobs in fields such as:

  • Office support and administration
  • Sales
  • Legal occupations
  • Management
  • Education in schools, libraries, or museums
  • Government or politics

Learn More

Is history the right fit for you? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Browse information about being a history major. Check out Loyola’s History Department website
  • The American Historical Association is another good resource.
  • If you decide to study history, you can take these additional elective classes while you are at Arrupe:
    • ACHIS 102 Western Civilization from the 17th Century
    • ACHIS 220 Introduction to Mexican American History

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

Explore the required curriculum and what learning outcomes you can expect with a degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in History (AA).

Meet the Faculty

René Luís Alvarez, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, History; Assistant Dean for Faculty Development

Arrupe students have a strong sense of why they are here and demonstrate a clear understanding of what an Arrupe education means for them now and in the future.

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While enrolled at Arrupe, you are encouraged to start connecting your interests and skills to different major and career options. Arrupe Career Services is dedicated to supporting students as they prepare for their career pursuits. There are many resources available to assist you:

  • Explore information about careers: The "What Can I Do With This Major?" tool helps you connect majors to a variety of career options and shares strategies to make you a more marketable candidate for the types of careers you want to pursue. You can access this resource within the “Career Tools” box on the Loyola Career Services website. CareerOneStop lets you explore careers and see detailed information about different occupations, including job descriptions, employment outlooks, typical salaries, education required, relevant skills, and more.
  • Browse information about college majors: Every college department has a website. Pick some majors that sound interesting, then visit their department websites. You can look at Loyola departments, or departments at other colleges and universities.
  • Explore your interests: Look for events sponsored by colleges or departments that interest you. You can also look for student organizations focused on your academic interests through LUCommunity.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Because Arrupe College is designed for students with limited financial resources, graduates leave with a high-quality Jesuit education and little to no debt. 

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